7 February 2019

Trump Will Have to Lift Metals Tariffs on Canada, Mexico to Pass USMCA, Brady Says

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President Trump will have to exempt Canada and Mexico from its steel and aluminum tariffs in order to get his U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade through Congress, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said Thursday.

"One of the keys to the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement is getting the steel and aluminum tariffs lifted without quotas being put in their place," said Brady, the top Republican lawmaker on the Ways and Means Committee responsible for overseeing trade. "We should be exempting fairly traded products from countries that fairly trade with us. That would be the case with Mexico and Canada. I think that many lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, see no need in continuing those tariffs."

Brady is one of the Republicans who will be involved in "educating" other GOP members on why they should be backing Trump, a process that he said was just getting underway. The White House formally presented the trade deal to Congress late last month.

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